Did you know: the phobia of not having a smartphone is now widespread, and doctors call it 'nomophobia'

Did you know: the phobia of not having a smartphone is now widespread, and doctors call it 'nomophobia'
It's been well established by now that smartphones are generally everywhere. More than half of America owns at least one, and global smartphone users are projected to reach 2 billion next year! Now, enjoying apps and being connected is a great thing by itself, but there's a dark side to it and you may be wallowing in it right now.

Tell us, do you find yourself stricken by the following symptoms - anxiety whenever you don't have your smartphone on you; constantly holding the bugger in hand, checking notifications and scrolling endless information feeds; experiencing phantom vibrations (yes, this is real); missing out on conversations, movies, and everyday life; forgetting random things that you definitely shouldn't be forgetting about because you're constantly thinking of stuff you saw on social networks.

If at least two of these checked out, boy, we've got news for you! You are a sufferer of nomophobia — that is, the phobia of not having a smartphone all the darn time! Yes, just like phantom vibrations, this stuff is legitimately real. It's a rush of anxiety and fear upon realizing that you're no longer connected to the stream of updates from friends and news sources. Yikes! Your connection breaking off, your battery dying, data plan expiring, or, fate forbid, forgetting your phone or losing it somewhere — all of those factors can induce bouts of nomophobia in the smartphone-using population.

While some 20% of Americans aged 18-34 indulge in texting while having sex, and many others use their smartphones in the shower or in the car, research by Versapak says that a whopping 41% of surveyed Britons complained about feeling anxious and not in control when they are away from their beloved handsets, while more than 51% admit to dealing with "extreme tech anxiety". According to Mr. Leon Edwards from Versapak, disconnecting from technology can be "surprisingly stressful" with the fear of "missing out" it invokes in those unfortunate souls.

Somewhat amusingly, another survey from SecurEnvoy claims that 70% of women suffer from nomophobia as opposed to 61% of men. Is it that ladies get more emotional over their smartphones, or that they are generally chattier and more connected? Now that would make for a complicated question, which we'll leave to someone else to tackle!

By the way, the impact of smartphone addiction on our society is now comparable to that of smoking. As smoke-free zones have become commonplace in public places, so have "no cellphone" signs emerged in all sorts of establishments — bar, restaurants, cinemas, even airport lounges and the like. See, smartphones have gotten us to the point of having to enforce the common courtesy of paying attention to your partners through artificial restrictions!


So, how do we cure nomophobia? Well, as it is with surprisingly many things in life, the cure is in you! Fight the habit with common sense and eliminating bad practices. Don't text and check updates while driving — you could end up in an accident. Don't take your phone in the bathroom — you'll get germs on it and waste precious time. And, generally, unless you are alone and someplace chill, just put the darn phone down — you can bet the life that goes on around you is more important than your notifications.

If all else fails — when you don't have to juggle emails and updates, change your smartphone for a cellphone with no Internet connectivity and go about your day like it's 1999 and WAP is a thing for rich businessmen. The world won't crumble. You won't miss out on anything of importance. You won't suffer from nomophobia. Isn't it just dandy?

source: Psychology Today

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15 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

nomophobia? sounds like no more phobia...so no phobia of something.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Isn't this just a case of not getting used to having smartphones on you? PS, unless you mean the entire American continents, why do you need to only mention that more than half of "America" owns a smartphone, while it's also the case with 13 other countries?

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I have to agree with this, the United States isn't America, it's a country that's apart of the Americas

14. broolstoryco

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Nah bro, the United States is America. America is more than just a country, it's America! You want countries, there's a lot of those, feel free to take your pick, but you want AMERICA, there's only one of those!!!

3. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

It's called Facebook Instagram Twitter snap chat etc!! Like a bad drug addiction lol

4. ZeroCide

Posts: 813; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

docomophobia - the fear of being without cell phone service in Japan.

7. Konsento

Posts: 139; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha nice one

9. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

LMFAO almost took my idea! Nice one! どこに無線LAN信号はありますか? (Where is the WiFi signal?)

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

at first I read that as comodophobia, lol

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I Check My Phone All The Time But I Can Be Without And I'm Mine. I Do Have Anxiety Problems But Not Because Of My Phone.

6. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Nomos in Greek means law or custom. In Latin it means name The nomo in here is for NO MObile . It is strange that they didn't go for some other name from the Latin or the Greek language.

8. jpvala

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Prescription... Use feature phone twice a week.

12. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Who cares. Haha!

13. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Suffering nomophobia thanks to you phonearena! Have to continuously check your site, YouTube channel, fb, comment sections every 5 minutes because I'm addicted to phone articles!!

15. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I have a minor case of this. I do feel kind of lost if I don't have my phone with me.

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